University of Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini’s Huskers are 2-1 this season, but have failed to play with the same defensive prowess the for which the team is legendary. He’s already been on the hot seat since the season began, but his chair might as well be on fire, thanks to a stunning, profanity-laced recording obtained by Deadspin.
In the recording, which was made in 2011 just before Pelini was to be interviewed by Greg Sharpe on the Husker Sports Network after a Oct. 8, 2011 win against the Ohio State Buckeyes, Pelini curses out Nebraska fans and sportswriters.
In the recording, Pelini is talking to Sharpe and an unidentified woman. Pelini initially seems upset with Dirk Chatelain of The Omaha World-Herald, whom he calls "a piece of s***." Pelini starts to vent about another World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel, saying "F*** him, too. F*** him. That's what I'm going to tell him. He wants to walk out after my press conference? I'm gonna say, 'Get the f*** away from me. I'm done with you, motherf*****. I'm done with him.'"
After swearing his reporters, Pelini curses out his fans, saying, "It took everything in my power to not say, 'F*** you, fans. F*** all of you.' F*** 'em. Our crowd. What a bunch of f***** fair-weather f******—they can all kiss my ass out the f****** door. 'Cause the day is f****** coming now. We'll see what they can do when I'm f****** gone. I'm so f****** pissed off."
This could be the straw that breaks the horse’s back for Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst, with the Huskers failing to meet expectations and Pelini eager to take the blame.
After Nebraska’s 41-21 loss to UCLA Saturday, Pelini said he's "done a lot of soul searching" and realized that he created a culture around the program that placed too much pressure on the players.
"I push, push, push," Pelini said. "Believe me, there's got to be some of that, but there's also a fine line. I want our players to get back to having fun again. I want them playing to win and not worrying about losing the game.
"I didn't feel that was the case on Saturday. I saw it in their look. I saw in their demeanor. I've been around long enough to know that it starts with the guy in charge.